Antonio Anacan, now in his sixth season with the company has been featured as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Hans in The Nutcracker, Michael in Bruce Steivel’s Peter Pan and Tommy in Toni Pimble’s Tommy The Ballet. Previously Antonio trained with the San Francisco Ballet School and the Central Pennslyvania Youth Ballet and performed in Balanchine’s Valse Fantasy, Raymonda Variations, La Source, and as the Cavalier in The Nutcracker and the Waltz Boy in Serenade. He is an instructor at Eugene Ballet Academy, a photographer and co-creator of #instaballet
Miranda Atkinson is the #instaballet board’s vice president. She is a faculty member at the Eugene Ballet Academy and a freelance professional ballet and modern dancer. She has worked as a dance teacher for 15 years in Oregon, Iowa and Missouri, teaching ballet technique, pointe, variations, contemporary, and lyrical. Primarily focusing on classical ballet, Miranda began her training with Halcyone Ewalt Perlman in Columbia, Missouri, specializing in the Cecchetti method of ballet technique. While earning her B.S. in Psychology at Iowa State University, she taught ballet through the Accelerated Pre-Professional Ballet Program at the Robert Thomas Dancenter, serving as the program coordinator in 2005 and 2006. Additionally, she served as ballet mistress, and board member for the Iowa Youth Ballet, performing with the group and setting choreography on its dancers. She has repeatedly performed as a guest artist with the Iowa State Center’s production of The Nutcracker and Mid-Missouri Dance Theatre. In 2009, she danced professionally with Missouri Contemporary Ballet. Miranda has an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis in Sport Psychology, from the University of Missouri and works as the Associate Director for Student Services in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon.
Cory was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. He received his formal training from Sacramento Ballet and Northern California Dance Conservatory studying with Jen Bradford and Theodore Constant. In the summer of 2012 he performed at the prestigious Jacobs Pillow Summer Festival in Beckett, MA, and toured through Austria with the Young Tanszommer performance group. In 2010 he was awarded first place senior soloist at Youth American Grand Prix in San Francisco. Cory returns for his fourth season with Eugene Ballet Company. Last season Cory was featured in Amy Seiwert’s White Noise, and danced the solo O Fortuna in Carmina Burana and Nick Carraway in Toni Pimble’s The Great Gatsby.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Ali trained at the School of Cleveland Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts and Miami City Ballet, with summers at Canada’s National Ballet School, Chautauqua Institution, Jacob’s Pillow, and BalletX. Ali has danced professionally with Texas Ballet Theater, Eugene Ballet Company, and Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance. She danced as Clara in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular and was invited on the National Tour. Ali performed Balanchine’s Serenade at the Hollywood Bowl Opening Night Gala. She is featured in Steve Childs’ documentary, And We Will Dance. Ali relocated to New York City in August 2014 to pursue a career as a freelance artist. She has worked as a soloist with the Edward Morgan Ballet, as a company member with Eglevsky Ballet, and as a dancer for Pointe Barre NYC and Arch Contemporary Ballet. She is currently pursuing a degree at Columbia University.
Originally from Paradise, CA, Marilyn began her training at Northern California Ballet under the direction of Trudi Angel where she had the opportunity to train with widely established teachers such as Richard Gibson, Leslie Crocket, and Evelyn Cisneros. She attended the 2007 Joffrey Ballet Workshop in San Antonio. This is Marilyn’s third year as an Aspirant in training with EBC. Previously she completed two years with the Eugene Ballet Academy trainee program. She has also danced as a guest artist with Northern California Ballet performing roles including the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Marilyn has performed with EBC in Toni Pimble’s Mowgli–The Jungle Book Ballet, Tommy the Ballet, The Nutcracker, Bolero, The Great Gatsby, and Swan Lake.
Mitchell Gill began his studies at the Appalachian Ballet School under the direction of Amy Morton, and later with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary. He has studied at the summer schools of San Francisco Ballet School and Orlando Ballet, and danced professionally with Orlando Ballet II. He studied with Washington Ballet, performing in Septime Webre’s The Great Gatsby and WAM. Last season he was featured as John Darling in Bruce Steivel’s Peter Pan.
Suzanne began her dance training at the School of the Hartford Ballet and then attended Butler University in Indianapolis where she received her degree in Dance and Arts Administration. In 2007 Suzanne participated in the National Choreographers Initiative in Irvine, CA, performing Edwaard Liang’s Untitled II and Jerry Opdenaker's Fragments. Now in her 14th season with Eugene Ballet Company, Suzanne has been featured as Edith Frank in Mauricio Wainrot’s Anne Frank, the title role in Toni Pimble’s Red Pony, in George Balanchine’s Who Cares?, as Calliope in Melissa Bobick’s Apollo and as Clara in The Nutcracker. An instructor with Eugene Ballet Academy, Suzanne is an ABT® Certified Teacher, successfully completing the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Suzanne is also a co-creator of the local interactive performing group #instaballet. Last season Suzanne choreographed her first ballet for the company, Look, an outstanding success.
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Born in Eugene, Victoria began her professional ballet training in Portland, OR, and continued her studies at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division, graduating in 2007. Since joining Eugene Ballet Company, she has had the pleasure of performing in Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain, Septime Webre’s Fluctuating Hemlines, as Arabian in The Nutcracker and as the Russian Dancer, Pas de Trois and Lead Swan in Swan Lake. In the 2015/16 season Victoria was featured as the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella and as Mrs. Walker in Toni Pimble’s premiere of Tommy the Ballet. Last season Victoria was featured in Carmina Burana, danced the White Cat and the Fairy of Generosity in The Sleeping Beauty and the lead role of Daisy Buchanan in Pimble’s The Great Gatsby.
Originally from Michigan, Isaac studied under the direction of Sergey Rayevskiy. He has danced with Sarasota Ballet, where he performed in Matthew Hart’s John Ringling Circus Nutcracker, Sir Frederick Ashton’s La Fille Mal Gardee, and numerous original works. He trained at the summer intensives of Ellison Ballet, Russian Ballet Festival and BalletMet Columbus. With Eugene Ballet Company, Isaac has been featured as Solo Boy in Septime Webre’s Fluctuating Hemlines, Cousin Kevin in Toni Pimble’s premiere of Tommy the Ballet, and Herr Drosselmeyer and Trepak in The Nutcracker. Last season Isaac danced Puss in Boots in The Sleeping Beauty, Tom Buchanan in Pimble’s The Great Gatsby and was featured in Amy Seiwert’s White Noise. This is Isaac’s fourth season with EBC.
Yamil studied with The Sarasota Ballet School with teachers Isabel and Javier Dubroc, Pavel Fomin and Wendy Johnson. He danced with Sarasota Ballet and Miami Classical Ballet and as guest artist with Brandon School of Dance Arts in the role of Basilio in Baryshinikov’s Don Quixote. In 2014 he won first place in the classical senior men’s division of the 2014 Youth American Grand Prix in Atlanta, Georgia. Last season Yamil danced the role of the Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, Pulcinella in The Nutcracker and was featured in Suzanne Haag’s Look.
Beth hails from Florida and began her training at Pofahl Studio. She is a graduate of The HARID Conservatory where she received the Rudolf Nureyev Education Fellowship. Her International experience includes festivals in Japan and Brazil, and finishing in the top 12 of the Senior Women’s Category at the 2012 Varna International Ballet Competition in Bulgaria. She has worked for Alaska Dance Theatre, Eglevsky Ballet, as a Principal with Dance Alive National Ballet, and has performed Kim Tuttle’s ballet Dream for HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco. Since joining EBC in 2013, Beth’s featured roles in Toni Pimble’s ballets include Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, the roasted swan in Carmina Burana, Jordan Baker in The Great Gatsby, Clara in The Nutcracker, Stepsister Clarinda in Cinderella and Tinkerbell in Bruce Steivel’s Peter Pan. This past summer she performed new works by Tom Gold and Stephanie Martinez at the National Choreographers Initiative, and was featured in new ballets by Amy Seiwert, Nicole Haskins and Val Caniparoli with Amy Seiwert’s Imagery in San Francisco.
Originally from Little Hocking, OH, Emma began her training at the Schrader Youth Ballet in Parkersburg, WV. During high school, she attended several summer programs such as North Carolina School of the Arts, Point Park International Summer Dance, and North Carolina Dance Theatre. In June 2011, she graduated with a BFA in dance performance with a ballet emphasis from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. While at CCM, she had the opportunity to perform the lead in George Balanchine’s Pas de Dix, staged by Frederic Franklin and Giselle, staged by Jiang Qi, as well as the soloist lady in Balanchine’s Walpurgisnacht. She danced professionally with the Louisville Ballet for two seasons where she performed in a variety of works including Rite of Spring by Adam Hougland and Balanchine’s Theme and Variations. Most recently Emma was a member of the Eugene Ballet. Roles with the Eugene Ballet have included Light Rain by Gerald Arpino, and the pas de trois and dance of the cygnets from Swan Lake. Currently, Emma is a dancer at Nevada Ballet Theatre. Roles with NBT have included a butterfly in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the columbine doll and Chinese variation in James Canfield’s The Nutcracker. While at NBT, Emma has also had the opportunity to perform in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil at the Mystère Theater. In addition to performing, Emma has spent the last three summers teaching ballet to children ranging in age from 9 to 18 at Young People’s Summer Stock Performing Arts Camp outside of Baltimore, MD. Emma has participated in several installments of #instaballet and has been thrilled to be part of such an exciting creative process.
Reed began his ballet studies in his hometown of Corvallis, OR. He later had the privilege of studying under Franco de Vita at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of American Ballet Theater. Reed has had featured roles in many EBC productions including: All You Need is Love, Idyll for Eight, Tommy The Ballet, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Concerto Grosso, as well as Jessica Lang’s Solo in Nine Parts, and Septime Webre’s Fluctuating Hemlines. Last season Reed danced the role of Hans in The Nutcracker and George Wilson in Toni Pimble’s The Great Gatsby.
Originally from Rochester, MN, Sara began her formal ballet training with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Professional Division where she had the honor of performing Clara in the company’s Nutcracker. After a year of training with Edward Ellison in NYC, Sara began her professional career with EBC. In 2012, Sara worked with American Contemporary Ballet of Los Angeles. Now in her sixth season with Eugene Ballet Company, she has had the pleasure of performing Summer Fairy in Cinderella, Petit Cygnets in Swan Lake, and in Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain, Dennis Spaight's Scheherazade, Sarah Ebert’s Arráncate and Toni Pimble’s “White Teeth, Black Thoughts” from Zoot Suit Riot. Last season Sara was featured as the White Cat and Fairy of Tenderness in The Sleeping Beauty.
Danielle is originally from Connecticut where she received her training at Connecticut Dance School. She attended various summer programs including Boston Ballet and The Washington School of Ballet. Danielle graduated from the University of Utah with a BFA in Ballet Performance and a BS in Business Management. Since joining Eugene Ballet Company in 2008, Danielle has danced the title role in Carmen, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and the stepsister Brizetta in Cinderella. Last season Danielle danced the title role in The Sleeping Beauty and the role of Myrtle Wilson in Toni Pimble’s The Great Gatsby, and was featured in Amy Seiwert’s White Noise.
Mark grew up in Hawaii and began his early training with Maria Jose Beltran, Paul Maley, Pamela Taylor-Tongg, and Daniel Nelson. He continued his training at the North Carolina School of the Arts where he graduated high school and began his BFA in Classical Ballet with a minor in Modern Dance. Mark started his professional career at age 19 as a freelance artist and joined the Eugene Ballet Company at 20 where he has been for the last eight seasons. Mark has performed in many well-known classics, in George Balanchine’s Rubies, and in contemporary works such as Stanton Welch’s Bruiser, Heather Maloy’s Stranger, and Salvatore Aiello’s Journey. He was also featured as the Head Wrangler in Agnes De Mille’s Rodeo. Mark began dancing principal roles with Eugene Ballet Company in 2012 as the lead male in Toni Pimble’s Rite of Spring and the Cavalier in The Nutcracker. He also danced the lead role of Don Jose alongside his wife (Danielle Tolmie) in Pimble’s Carmen. Last season Mark performed the principal role of Prince Desire in The Sleeping Beauty, the title role of Jay Gatsby in Pimble’s The Great Gatsby and was featured in Amy Seiwert’s White Noise.
Lahna Vanderbush was born in Nagoya, Japan and raised in Eugene, Oregon. She began her training at the Eugene Ballet Academy, later finishing at the San Francisco Ballet School under the direction of Gloria Govrin and Lola de Avila. She began her career in 2007 at Alberta Ballet. In 2009, she guested with the Norwegian National Ballet and Eugene Ballet Company, later joining Ballet San Jose (now known as Silicon Valley Ballet), where she performed roles varying from corps to principal. She has also danced in world premieres by Amy Seiwert and Yuri Zhukov, and performed with the San Jose Opera and Collage Dance Collective. Vanderbush has toured Canada, United States, China, and Spain with Alberta Ballet and Silicon Valley Ballet. This is her first season with Milwaukee Ballet.
Harmony first trained with Clarissa Boeriu in Ventura, CA, and was later accepted at The Rock School for Dance Education for the last two years of her high school career. In 2013, Harmony was accepted into EBC’s Aspirant training program and was featured in Toni Pimble’s Dark Flight and performed in Ms. Pimble’s Bolero and Les élméns. This is Harmony’s second season as an Aspirant with EBC.